Books for Beer Drinkers

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If you’re a self-proclaimed beer lover, here are some books to check out from the library to learn more about your favorite beverage:

Beeronomics: How Beer Explains the World by Johan Swinnen & Devin Briski – Examines key developments that have moved the brewing industry forward and explains how strategic taxation and the regulation of beer has played a pivotal role throughout history.

Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros by Julia Herz & Gwen Conley – A guide to pairing specific foods with different styles of beer shows the effects aroma, taste, preference, and personal experience can have on flavor, while offering tips on planning beer dinners and cooking with beer.

Brew Your Business: The Ultimate Craft Beer Playbook edited by Karen McGrath, et al. – From 90-minute IPAs to grapefruit sculpins, craft beer and local brewers are making a big splash in the beer scene. With this book, serious craft brewers can learn how to take their best brews to market and newbies can learn the art of craft brewing.

Complete IPA: The Guide to Your Favorite Craft Beer by Joshua M. Bernstein – Showcases the best of each category (from easy-drinking session ales to bitter beers gone wild), profiles the brewers who innovated the sub-styles, and highlights the emerging styles made by today’s most exceptional breweries.

Mastering Homebrew: The Complete Guide to Brewing Delicious Beer by Randy Mosher – Illustrated with charts and diagrams, introduces steps and techniques for homebrewing beer, covering all elements of the process from selecting ingredients and creating custom flavors to bottling, tasting, and serving.

The Brewer’s Tale: A History of the World According to Beer by William Bostwick – Presents the five thousand-year history of beer, from Babylonian temple workers and Nordic shamans to Belgian monks and American patriots, and the author discusses his own attempts to replicate some ancient brews.

The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth – Covers everything a beer drinker wants to know about the hundreds of types of beers made, from bitters, sessions, and IPAs to weisses, wits, lambics, and more, and gives beer suggestions based on taste preferences.

Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks by Joshua M. Bernstein – Twelve easy-to-follow lessons explain how to taste, smell, and evaluate beer like an expert, explaining what separates pale ales from IPAs and stouts from brews, and offers tasting suggestions for each type of beer.

Women’s History Month Reads

Every March we celebrate the history of women in the United States and the obstacles they have overcome throughout all aspects of life. Check out some of these female-centric books, written by or about inspiring women:

The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers by Elizabeth Cobbs – In 1918 the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France to help win World War I where they faced numerous challenges in a war zone where male soldiers resented, wooed, mocked, saluted, and ultimately celebrated them. Back on the home front, they fought the army for veterans’ benefits and medals, and won.

Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech by Heather Cabot & Samantha Walravens – Profiles the female entrepreneurs staking out a place for themselves in the tech industry, sharing the examples of such innovators as Debbie Sterling, Michelle Phan, and other role models behind the success of women-led tech start-ups.

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso – The founder of the Nasty Gal fashion e-tailer shares an irreverent manifesto for ambitious young women that explains how to channel personal passion and energy while overcoming insecurities, outlining straightforward advice on doing meaningful work and garnering recognition.

The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It by Joanna Scutts – Presents a cultural history of independent single women from the 1920s to 1950s through the reclaimed life of glamorous guru Marjorie Hillis. Continue reading

Black History Month Reads

Every February since its inception in 1976, Black History Month has reminded us about the importance of the struggles, contributions, and achievements of African Americans throughout history. In celebration of Black History Month, here is a selection of novels about African Americans – both real and fictional – written by African American authors:

Dear Martin by Nic Stone – Profiled by a racist police officer in spite of his excellent academic achievements, a disgruntled college youth navigates the prejudices of new classmates and his crush on a white girl by writing a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the hopes that his role model’s teachings will be applicable half a century later.

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke – When African-American lawyer Jay Porter jumps into the bayou to save a drowning white woman in Houston, Texas, in 1981, he finds his practice and life in danger when he becomes embroiled in a murder investigation involving Houston’s elite.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – After Cora, a slave in pre-Civil War Georgia, escapes with another slave, Caesar, they seek the help of the Underground Railroad as they flee from state to state and try to evade a slave catcher, Ridgeway, who is determined to return them to the South.

The Sellout by Paul Beatty – After his down-trodden hometown is removed from the map of California to save the state further embarrassment, a young man undertakes a course of action to draw attention to the town, resulting in a racially charged trial that sends him to the Supreme Court.

Amiable with Big Teeth by Claude McKay – Centers on the efforts by Harlem intelligentsia to organize support for the liberation of fascist-controlled Ethiopia. Continue reading